Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Houston's Day For Night Music and Art Festival is Officially Done

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 12:31 PM

click to enlarge “Light Leaks” by Kyle McDonald and Jonas Jongejan. One of the many art installations at 2017 D4N. - CHRIS CONDE
  • Chris Conde
  • “Light Leaks” by Kyle McDonald and Jonas Jongejan. One of the many art installations at 2017 D4N.
While we assumed that Houston's Day For Night festival was probably not happening in December after not seeing any sort of lineup announcement, the folks behind the festival have announced that they're officially calling it quits.

The news comes by way of the Houston Chronicle who reached out to some of the financial backers, including Randall Jamail, who founded Houston’s Justice Record Label.

According to the article, folks who had a stake in the festival sold all the D4N branding and intellectual property on Monday, including “assets and financial interests” of festival founder and Free Press Houston editor Omar Afra, who made headlines earlier this year for sexual misconduct allegations.

Jamail told the Chronicle that it’s not likely he’ll get any return on his investment. Even though he’s proud of the festival that brought artists like Nine Inch Nails, Aphex Twin, Cardi B, Pussy Riot and St. Vincent, the liquidation of any of D4N’s assets won’t recoup enough to make sure that every investor will get paid what they put into the fest.



The Current was lucky enough to check out the fest in 2017 with headliners Justice, Thom Yorke, Nine Inch Nails, Cardi B and Godspeed! You Black Emperor. The experience was unlike any other festival, especially in Texas, fully immersing festival goers in music and art installations in a way that didn’t feel exhausting, but quite the opposite. If you happened to be one of the lucky few to have checked out the fest, you might relate to having the feeling that you the audience member were an installation yourself.

If that’s too meta, it’s all good. Day For Night was some wild shit, and maybe someday, there’ll be another large scale music experience that dares to come close to the method of curation the Houston fest accomplished.

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